US circulates UN resolution that would condemn Hamas rockets
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States circulated a U.N. resolution Thursday condemning the militant Islamic group Hamas, which controls Gaza, "for repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence" that puts civilians at risk.
The draft General Assembly resolution, obtained by The Associated Press, "demands that Hamas and other militant actors including Palestinian Islamic Jihad cease activity, including by using airborne incendiary devices."
The Latest: Group agrees to stop firing rockets at Israel
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Latest on the Israel-Palestinians conflict (all times local):
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad group says it has agreed to stop rocket fire toward Israel in response to Egyptian mediation efforts.
Daoud Shehab, a spokesman for the Iranian-backed group, tells The Associated Press on Saturday that his movement is immediately halting the rocket attacks.
Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad names new leader
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Iran-backed Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says it has named a new leader.
The group said Friday at a news conference in Gaza that 65-year-old Ziad al-Nakhalah will head the group's secretly elected politburo, replacing longtime leader Ramadan Shalah.
Al-Nakhala was a founding member of the group that emerged in the 1980s. A Gaza native, he has been based in Syria and Lebanon since Israel deported him in 1988.